Suspected drug trafficker dies on flight

2011-08-06 22:34
Lagos - Authorities say a 25-year-old Nigerian man smuggling methamphetamine on a Malaysia-bound flight died from ingesting a kilogramme of it.

Saturday's statement from Nigeria's national drug law enforcement agency says Chilaka Ogbonna Emmanuel's death forced the flight from Doha, Qatar, to make an emergency landing in India, where an autopsy was performed on Friday.

The agency said Emmanuel had begun his journey at Lagos' Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Tuesday.

Drug traffickers often use Nigerians as mules to carry drugs from the West African nation to Europe, the US and other locations, though the drugs typically ingested are cocaine and heroin.

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